Pangandaran Things to Do

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  • Finding the out of the way places

    by pir8ped Written May 5, 2010

    I like a bit of jungle. Pangandaran was great, because the peninsula at the south end of town is a national park, and not many people go there at all. So it's easy to get to an unspoilt bit of jungle.

    Getting in, you will be approached by various guides, but for the most part, you don't need guides. Just follow the paths. I found my way all around the peninsula in the month I stayed in Pangandaran - once I met a couple of guides at the entrance to the park intending to lead a couple of tourists to the waterfall, and the guides were adamant I'd be lost in no time. I met them at the waterfall a couple of hours later. That was fun.

    I've never been keen on being guided - what's the point? Just go and explore, and find what you find. But then I met Masrudins, who runs the bookshop, and also works as a guide. Turns out he's not one of these types who would be happy to stand beside a cave hiring out torches and offering to point the torch for you at a stalactite. Masrudins is a real explorer! Despite my familiarity with the Park, Mas could always make suggestions for other paths to take, other things to notice that had slipped beneath my radar. When I complained to him about the lack of any decent maps of the area, Mas pulled out some sheaves of paper, and carefully unfolded them - geological survey maps from the late 80's - Mas had worked for the company for a while. These maps were amazingly detailed, and Mas was able to point out a lot of interesting places to go. He has even drawn his own map of the town, with fascinating attention to detail. He knows the whole area intimately, and spends his free time exploring for his own pleasure. As the son of a farmer, he knows the plants and animals of the area too, and has a keen interest in ecology.

    So if you want to get off the beaten track and really get to know the place, I can really recommend having a word with Mas, just for advice and suggestions or to actually arrange a guided trip. I only wish I'd met him sooner on my visit to Pangandaran.

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    batu hiu and batu karas

    by ukirsari Written Aug 19, 2008

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    batu hiu [shark rock] and batu karas are rocky coastal zones of pangandaran. in batu hiu can be seen formation shark's nose look-alike overlooking indian ocean whilst in batu karas you can do surfing activity.

    batu karas is less touristy compared to west and east coasts of pangandaran. and there are plenty of cheap accommodations.

    both of these beaches are situated within 30 km perimeter from the main beach of pangandaran.

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    cujang taneuh or green canyon

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 19, 2008

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    cujang taneuh 'green canyon' (c) ukirsari

    cujang taneuh or more popular addressed as 'green canyon' is pangandaran's number one's attraction. it's a boating activity by green emerald river to a jungle look-alike and stop after 10 minutes sailing to hike into a gorgeous cave which is connected to the estuary.

    it's an enchanting rocky wall surrounding a pond and just jump to have a nice swim. there's a 'bonus' for the panorama: a waterfall amongst the wall.

    rent per boat is idr 75,000 when i was there

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    citumang river

    by ukirsari Written Aug 19, 2008

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    addressed as green canyon number two, it's a nice swim amongst the 'dam'. but it's not a man-made dam as usually can be found by the river. this is a natural dam. quite difficult along the way to citumang, but something rewarding once you find the place. again .. green emerald water is awaiting!

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    west and east coasts

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 19, 2008

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    the unique beach condition of pangandaran is ... there are two coasts [east and west] which is flanked by a road named 'jalan kidang pananjung'.
    so, once you're set your foot to pangandaran, you can see sunrise and sunset in the place nearby within a day. this is a bonus for me, who doesn't pay so much time here!

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    pangandaran nature park

    by ukirsari Written Aug 19, 2008

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    in pangandaran peninsula, can be found a nature reserve with various plantation, caves and animals.
    during my visits, can be seen:
    - javan gibbons, macaques, phyton, barking deer, deer and hornbills [animals]
    - stalagtites and stalagmites caves, several of them have direct alleys to the coasts. it's nice to see how the waves comes into the caves and showering the alleys with saltwater
    - rafflesia, katulampa and several kinds of rainforest trees [plantation]
    one of the favourite walks here is walking along the boundary trail

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    PANGANDARAN Beach

    by RoyJava Updated Jan 24, 2007
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    Pantai Pangandaran (Pangandaran Beach) may be one of Java's finest beaches ... but you need to take great care when swimming especially at the East Beach. The Westerly Beach is regarded as better, but take care! Strong undertows can be dangerous even though a coral reef has reduced their impact. The snorkeling is here the best, the warnings are, too!

    Secluded, tree-fringed beaches are to be found nearly all the way around the headland. Be aware the waves suddenly can take you by surprise when enjoying sun, beach and sea. See the dark area's on the pic. A sudden wave swept away the broad sand beach along the mainland.

    So pay attention to the waves!!! In mind the destroying TSUNAMI of July 2006 ... peace for the lost souls.

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    Day Tour of Green Canyon, Cottage Industries, etc.

    by jungles Written Apr 13, 2006

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    Bamboo bridge

    In Pangandaran you can organise a guided day-trip with a small group that will take you to see many interesting sights in the nearby area. The most famous is the Green Canyon (Cukang Taneuh), where you will be taken through the canyon by boat until you reach a point where the boats cannot pass, then you can get out and climb over the rocks to swim in the river with the canyon walls towering above you.

    On our tour we also visited the lovely bamboo bridge pictured here, as well as visiting the homes of locals who make a living from cottage industries such as making rope from coconut fibers or making 'wayang golek,' the wooden puppets that are so popular in Indonesia. The tour also included a stop at a beach where surfboards can be hired.

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    Citumang Dam

    by jungles Updated Apr 13, 2006

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    Waterfall at Citumang Dam

    Citumang Dam is a gorgeous place that makes a great daytrip from Pangandaran. Don't let the word 'dam' put you off; there is nothing man-made about the beautiful natural landscape here. What you will see is a turquoise river with a small waterfall that you can jump off; this is alot of fun, but do be careful as the current is strong. Near the waterfall is a cave that you can swim into which has tree roots hanging down from above.

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    Pananjung Pangandaran & Her Flower

    by RoyJava Updated Aug 26, 2005

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    The 530-ha "Cagar Alam Pananjung Pangandaran" (Nature Reserve Pangandaran) is South of the village of Pangandaran and takes up a whole 3-km peninsula. This favourite Pangandaran spot to travellers lies along the narrow isthmus of the peninsula with broad white sand beaches that sweep back along the mainland. At the PHPA office maps are available which shows all the different paths through the park, and which animals are where ...

    An intriguing place, the park seems to have everything; stalactite and stalagmite, causes to crawl into caves, teak forests, shady banyan trees, grazing fields, myth-historical remains, seashore, abundant wildlife (watch the python), home of hundreds "long-tail Macaque", a beautiful sea-view out of the sweet water-place at the top ... at the brink of a towering volcanic cliff above the sea.

    About 80% of Pangandaran National Park is secondary rainforest, and its most famous resident is the enormous Javanese Rafflesia flower. When lucky, you'll be thrilled to watch the extraordinary Rafflesia arnoldii/Patma, which grow up to one meter in diameter. She is the largest bloom in the world, although the one found at Pangandaran Peninsula is a bit smaller as her sister, growing in Sumatra. Watch your nose, because it stinks like "a gigantic rotten puffball mushroom" ...

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    Sugar palms...

    by belgianchocolate Updated Jul 13, 2005

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    Yes , we heard of these little stops.
    They drag you into a shop and get really pushy.

    But that wasn't the case here.
    Our guide was a young guy and we had no
    idea we paid for a day-program with
    more then just the green canyon.

    This stop was very educational.
    We stopped at a little village were people
    made sugar in a traditional way.
    We were taken round to see all the steps..

    Interesting. I'll build a travelogue about that.

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    IBU JAMU

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 9, 2005
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    Jamu is the traditional Javanese herbal medicine. All over the world, herbal medicine is used anywhere, and has risen dramatically. On the Indonesian islands, the surge has come with growing urban markets for traditional products.

    You can buy "herbal medicine" at a crossroad though, better wait for the Ibu Jamu, a traditional medicine seller. These ladies walk along the houses every early morning, carrying a big basket full of heavy bottles. Try to lift it!!!

    You may try a jamu special made for you. Tell Ibu Jamu your "emotion - feeling" and, she'll create you a tip-top herbal medicine to drink. I noticed most of the Ibu Jamu's are good-looking young ladies and wonder if the herbs get mixed with their beauty, ... or their female wisdom of herbs ...
    ... so what ? Love these herbal-ladies!

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    Pantai Batu Keras

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    It's hardly surprising that Pangandaran is a popular beach resort. Crowded at weekends and during holidays there can be a floating population literally of thousands on the beaches. Take a break and find an idyllic place along the Southern Ocean shore ...

    Head off West and pay a visit to Pantai Batu Keras. The locals are all fishermen and, many of them rowing their boats out to the sea from the beach where you'll always find whole families working together to pull in the nets, or get the prahu's on the beach again. The people are exceptionally friendly and always interesting for a chat if they aren't busy ...

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    Green Canyon

    by RoyJava Updated Jul 9, 2005

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    It is said that the Green Canyon, a scenic jungle area, is by far the brightest jewel in Pangandaran's crown. Two great guys told us to visit this place, after telling about the Javanese South Sea Goddess. One of Her votaries has been burried in one of the caves, so our cusiosity made us for a Green Canyon trip. And we got to a Miocene limestone reef which is riddled with caves and dripping with jungle, with in one of the caves some mysterious graves.

    The best way to describe this awe-inspiring natural wonder is an emerald-green river bounded by rocky walls what I experienced again in Puerto Vallarta. Both sides rise up like skyscrapers and almost block out the sky. You may paddle your on canoe when visitng the Green Canyon. Get all info at the PHPA office and feel like Tarzan swinging from thick vines/lianes..

    see a spectacular photo-album by Stephan
    Stephan's Pangandaran

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    Pangandaran Peninsula From Air

    by RoyJava Updated Jun 27, 2005
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    It is quite an experience to see the Pangandaran Peninsula from air. The famous Italy-form of the peninsula you can watch splendidly out of your plane-window.

    So donot forget leaving Soekarno Hatta Airport, Jakarta and, flying over the island of Java to take a wonderful look outside ... direction South ...

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